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This antique spun cotton Christmas ornament has been in my family for several generations. As far as I can determine it's from the late 1890's. It's condition reflects it's age. It's certainly a novelty on the Christmas tree! The bright blue color of the bell is stunning. Spun Cotton Christmas Ornaments were used around Victorian times . They were pressed and spun and originated in Germany, Czechoslovakia, Russia, and Austria. Popular versions were fruits and vegetables.

You can see how well shaped the bell is. I would rate it as good to fair condition. The main problem is that the coloring is uneven. If suspect that is a factor of its age and the materials used to make it. I know antiques should be left as they are so that is what I'm doing. If I were to redo this item, I would try to coat it with something like mica to restore some of the sparkle to it. Perhaps you will decide to do that. I am only parting with it because I have so many ornaments.

The bell is about 3 1/4" x 3". When made these ornaments contained small pieces of mica to make they sparkle although much of the mica has worn off over the years. We displayed the ornament on our Christmas tree when I was a child and it was displayed on my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother's trees! I still use the ornament from time to time, but only on the artificial tree so it doesn't get tree sap on it. I know the string hanger attached to the bell is not attractive, it's not needed to hang the bell. I simply I left it like it was.

You might like to know more about spun cotton ornaments. They were formed in a mold and cotton was twisted into the mold, then dried. After drying, they were air-brushed with some coloring with mica added. Early ones were mostly white with light pastel coloration. Wire was inserted into the top to serve as a hanger. Another name given to these creations was “Sugar Ornaments.”

Only the antique blue bell ornament will be shipped to you. The other items are props. Please read my shop policies and thank you for visiting TheSandlapperShop. I wish you Happy Holidays!

Antique Blue Bell Spun Cotton Christmas Ornament (Circa 1890)


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: cotton, paint, mica, metal
  • Only ships within United States.
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